I’m so happy to finally have some pretty- and matching-pajamas! These make me feel much more stylish lounging about at home. Especially since I always change into pj’s as soon as we’re in for the day after school. I need more! I’m so glad Heather released this new pattern as it’s just what’s missing in my wardrobe. Plus I finished just in time for the Carolyn Pajama Party !
Carolyn Pajamas, View B w/out piping, Top Sz. 10, Pant Sz. 12, Closet Case Files
Teal Silk Thread, Gutermann (Col.107) + 5 Matching Buttons + 1 ¼” sport elastic (all from Jo Ann’s)
I fell in love with this thistle print cotton lawn from Marcy Tilton but as I’m trying to stick with more solids in my basic wardrobe I wasn’t sure I’d want such a busy print. But for pajamas it’s perfect, plus the sheerness of the fabric became a non issue. This fabric is really so lovely. And compared to the Liberty fabric I was eyeing a steal! Easy to sew and oh so soft.
I cut my patterns in a size 10 Top and size 12 Pant, View B with cuffs and pocket. My fabric was 56″ Wide and I was able to cut the whole thing with a little less than 3 yards. The fit was a bit tight through the thigh, so I just narrowed my seam allowance. Not a big deal though and easy to fix on my next make. I’m not sure the top is totally my style though with the curved collars. If I make this again I’ll probably redraft to a regular angled collar. But the pants are FABULOUS! I love the shape and fit, the faux fly is super cute, great pockets and they are so comfortable. I’ll be making more of the pants for sure and maybe some shorts too for the summer for Pj’s and regular wear.
The instructions were great and easy to follow, the only part I found tricky was the collar, and that’s all me. I attached it the wrong direction 2x- how I don’t know. It was fiddly to sew but after pressing looks good. I used some linen left over from my Holly to face the collar and iron on interfacing for the placket facing but next time think I’ll skip it. For the waistband I used a sport elastic which was nice and soft but smaller then recommended so I just stitched a second row of topstitching. All my seams are enclosed with french seams and I used bias to cover the interior fly and armhole seams. I love that the insides are as pretty as the outside!
These are so pretty! Love them! My only problem came when I had to figure out where to take pics. Too sheer for outside wear so indoors pics were the logical choice. I wanted to show these pj’s sitting in bed but since we bedshare/cosleep our bedroom is not as beautiful as it once was. :) So once again thanks to my mom for my backdrop! She has a beautiful bedroom with a lovely 4 poster bed. And of course my little Ami had to photo-bomb my shoot with her cuteness!
I’m so excited to be able to share my newest make, my White Linen Holly! My mom says it’s modern Jane Austen! Isn’t that fabulous. Especially since I do adore everything about the regency era. Plus this is my 100th post!!!!
I can’t rave enough about By Hand London’s Holly Jumpsuit. Just the packaging alone is lovely. I wish all patterns were designed and packaged this well! The pattern is so versatile too, I can see myself making quite a few versions of both the jumpsuit and the pants themselves, as well as combining either of the bodices with a skirt. Now that I’ve spent my time perfecting the fit I can’t wait to make another. I do love a wide leg pant, and the shape on these is perfect with a fitted waist that gently flares out past the hips.
I’ve been planning out this make for a while and knew I wanted my first version to be simple and elegant in all white. You can see my earlier sketch here with my sewing plans. I originally ordered this hemp and linen mix from Organic Cottons Plus for another pair of pants as the description said it was a taupe color, but happily for me this was an almost pure white. At first I thought I received the wrong fabric- but if I did I’m not complaining! I had 3 yards which was just enough since the fabric is almost 59″wide.
I’m glad I made a muslin as I used quite a few alterations. The Holly Sewalong has some fabulous instructions on how to alter common fit issues.
Here are my alterations:
Lengthened bodice 1″front and back
Lowered bust darts one inch
Narrowed the shoulders with 1/2″ wedge on each side of upper back
Shortened crotch a total of 2″ (which compensated for the lengthened bodice)
From the hip I graded out an inch in width on the outer leg seam
Took off 4″ on the leg hem
I love the fit especially in this fabric. The material is just opaque enough to give some coverage but still feels light as air. Perfect for spring here in Florida. I love the curve of the neckline-so flattering. And the shape of the set in sleeves and folded angled cuff is so pretty.
I’ve already ordered my fabric, a lovely Hemp Silk for a second version. Plus a sampler of dyes from Botanical Colors that includes Saxon blue. I’m planning on a more modern silhouette. I’ll be altering the neckline to a V and using a shorter culotte length pant as well a front zip closure. Can’t wait to get started!
Just a quick make today, a cute retro boxy top from BurdaStyle Summer Issue that I’ve been meaning to make up for a while. This top is my wearable muslin, sewn out of some leftover upholstery fabric I came across in my closet. I made some matching pillows about 6 years ago :)
Pattern: Burda 130-052014 US Striped Retro Shirt
(couldn’t find the pattern online but here’s the image on Pinterest)
I cut this in my usual size, 40, and had just enough fabric to make this up with just a yard of fabric. The top has a built-in facing with a back neck button closure. The shaping is quite nice with the bust darts and back neck darts and simple silhouette. I might just pinch out the back darts out of the pattern next time though. The sleeves are set in with a very high cap which was a bit fiddly to work with as this fabric was shredding like crazy. I went ahead and serged all my seams as I made this up. In a nicer fabric I’d probably take the time to use french seams. I took off a few inches in the body but other than that no changes.
This was a very satisfying quick make and the color looks quite good with my other handmade clothing. But what I’m super excited to share soon is my new Holly Jumpsuit from By Hand London. I sewed it up over the long weekend in a lovely white linen and it’s just stunning! Best thing I’ve ever made! My husband hates jumpsuits but even he was impressed. I also have my Carolyn Pajamas all cut out and ready to sew for Heather’s Pajama Party! I found a lovely floral thistle lawn from Marcy Tilton which is so pretty.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a sweet Valentine’s day with the kids- I made some delish beignets for breakfast. February is the best-we have my birthday, then two weeks later Valentine’s and Vic’s bday! Vic’s birthday was yesterday so we had a weekend of celebrating with Vic taking off the day since Nigel was already off school for President’s day. We spent the whole day at the beach with Vic could fish, he caught a few whiting, and the kids playing. It was a beautiful though chilly day but we all had a blast. Picnics on the beach are our favorites!
Also big thanks to Nicki over at This is Moonlight for including me in her #1year1outfit Big Impact Interview series! You can read my interview on natural dyeing here! I’m so psyched to be involved in this project. I’m saving up for a loom now- I really want to learn to spin and weave this year! Happy Sewing!